Program of Study

Degree and Certificate Programs

The School of Nursing Graduate Program offers the following degree and certificate programs. Click on the programs to learn more about the required courses, length of program, and suggested schedule.

Master of Science in Nursing Science

The MS degree prepares licensed, bachelor’s prepared RNs for an advanced practice role in one of the following specialty areas:

Master's programs provide the student with a basis for further study at the doctoral level and are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The program generally takes 2 to 2 ½ years of full-time study or 3 to 3 ½ years of part-time study to complete.  

Graduate Certificates

Designed for nurses who hold a master’s degree in nursing and want to expand their scope of practice into one of the following specialty areas:

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science, Nursing Science degree or Graduate Certificate in Nursing at UAA, the graduate is prepared to:

  • Engage in scholarly inquiry, including evaluation and application of evidence-based research to advanced nursing practice or leadership.
  • Practice in a manner that incorporates ethical, legal, and professional standards for advanced nursing practice or nursing leadership.
  • Collaborate across disciplines and in partnership with communities, groups, families and individuals through culturally sensitive practice.
  • Demonstrate competence and caring in the professional nurse role to serve as a provider, leader, and educator in the health care system.
  • Articulate a plan for self-directed, lifelong learning and professional development.

Course Delivery

The School of Nursing graduate program uses a variety of synchronous and asynchronous course delivery methods, including: fully online, hybrid or blended, distance, and face-to-face. Please check the individual program pages (linked above) for details specific to each degree or certificate.

Clinical Experiences

All School of Nursing graduate program clinical experiences must be completed in the state of Alaska and rural Alaska site placements are encouraged. Students who are not located in Anchorage generally have the ability to complete their clinical experiences in their home community. Please see the FNP and PMH-NP program pages (linked above) for more detailed information.

Additional Program Information

For additional information about requirements, program policies and procedures, and the scholarly project component, please see the School of Nursing's MS and Certificate Student Handbook.

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